Make Plans Now for June 25 Great American Backyard Campout

KOA Supporting Event That Raises Funds to Bring Children Outdoors

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Make Plans Now For June 25 Great American Backyard Campout
KOA Supporting Event That Raises Funds to Bring Children Outdoors
BILLINGS, MT (June 8, 2011) – It's not too late to make your plans to participate in National Wildlife Federation's annual “Great America Backyard Campout” Saturday, June 25.
Kampgrounds of America Inc., the world's largest system of family-friendly campgrounds, is an official sponsor of the popular nationwide event. KOA invites all interested campers (experienced and first-timers) to go to and make reservations today.
The June 25th Great American Backyard Campout will bring thousands of people across the nation out into their backyards, neighborhoods, communities, parks and area campgrounds to take part in a one-night event that will provide an experience for all generations to connect with nature.
“The solution for many of society's current challenges, including obesity and stress, can be found outdoors,” said Kampgrounds of America CEO Jim Rogers. “We're thrilled to be able to help National Wildlife Federation in their efforts with the Great American Backyard Campout.”
No prior camping experience is required to take part in the June 25 event. Campers are encouraged to go to to register their campout and receive creative ideas and simple cooking recipes to enhance their Great American Campout experience.
Campers taking part in the event are also encouraged to take pledges to raise donations for National Wildlife Federation programs that address the problem of America's “indoor childhood' and the health risks associated with a lack of outdoor activities. The National Wildlife Federation uses 80 cents of every dollar raised during the Great American Backyard Campout to support children's outdoor programs.

The Great American Backyard Campout is part of the special event series from National Wildlife Federation's Be Out Thereâ„¢ movement. National Wildlife Federation is celebrating its 75th anniversary as America's largest conservation organization. National Wildlife Federation works with more than 4 million members, partners and supporters in communities across the country to protect wildlife and reconnect people with nature. Today, 75 years and many successes later, NWF continues to be the nation's leading advocate for wildlife and wild places.
A second co-sponsor of the event is REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.) the world leader in retail recreational equipment sales and service. Find out more at Both REI and KOA are committed to the success of the Great American Backyard Campground event, and National Wildlife Federation's mission regarding youth-oriented programs. Follow KOA on Facebook at!/KOAKampgrounds
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Kampgrounds of America, founded on the banks of the Yellowstone River in 1962, is now the world's largest system of open-to-the-public family campgrounds. KOA has 475 locations in the United States and Canada. For more information on KOA, go to


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